Women's Health - Maternal & Child Health Section (MCH)

Women's Health

Minnesota women are generally healthy, but there is room for improvement, especially in reducing health disparities that affect women of color. To that end, we need to monitor continually the many factors that influence women's health need and seek new strategies to promote good health for women. The following are a few resources on women's health.

  • Office on Women's Health is a one-stop gateway for women seeking health information. NWHIC is a free information and resource service on women's health issues designed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, just for you, whether you're a consumer, a health care professional, a researcher, an educator, or a student.

  • The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health provides national leadership to the maternal and child health community in three key areas of program development, policy analysis and education, and state-of-the-art knowledge to improve the health and well-being of the nation's children and families.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Maternal and Child Health Bureau has released Women's Health USA 2013, a report on the health status of America's women. The report provides key facts and figures about the health of women across the country, including current and historical data.

  • Women's Preventive Services Initiative - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is pleased to present the Final Report, Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration. The Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) is a collaborative effort between health professional societies and consumer organizations that are experts in women's health. This report is the first in a 5-year effort to develop, review, update, and disseminate recommendations for women's preventive health care services and identifies needs across a woman's life span, from adolescence through adulthood into maturity.

    The Women's Preventive Services Initiative recommends that women receive at least one preventive care visit per year beginning in adolescence and continuing across the lifespan to ensure that the recommended preventive services, including preconception and many services necessary for prenatal and interconception care, are obtained. The primary purpose of these visits should be the delivery and coordination of recommended preventive services as determined by age and risk factors.